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John Paul II Minor Seminary

John Paul II Minor Seminary
Established June 2007
Type Minor Seminary
Rector Fr. Jose "Joey" Bautista
Location Antipolo, Philippines
Colors Blue, White and Yellow

John Paul II Minor Seminary (abbreviated "JPIIMS") is the only Diocesan Formation Center for High School Students who have the desire of serving God through priesthood. The Seminary was established in 2007, it is located along Maguey Road in Barangay San Luis in Antipolo City, which is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo under its shepherd, the Most Reverend Gabriel V. Reyes, DD with the Most Reverend Francisco M. De Leon, DD as the Auxiliary Bishop.

The seminary began with forty-eight (48) First Year seminarians on June 2007, who came from the Province of Rizal and some in Manila area. For the academic year 2010-2011 came the first batch of graduates.

Formators

When the seminary was erected, Rev. Fr. Mabini "Butch" O. Cabildo served as its first Rector from 2007-2010. When he celebrated his 10th sacerdotal anniversary (years in the priesthood), he was granted a sabbatical leave so the position was left vacant. Rev. Fr. Joselito "Lito" A. Santos, the Prefect of Discipline and vice-rector then, took on the position "Rector" until the following school year. He was appointed as the second Rector of the seminary by his excellency, Most Rev. Gabriel V. Reyes, D.D., the bishop of Antipolo. On August 4, 2011, the feast of St. John Mary Vianney, Fr. Lito announced to the community that he has been assigned by Bishop Gabby as his new secretary. Since he was assigned such, Rev. Fr. Jose Bautista was appointed as the acting Rector.

Rev.Fr. Mark Anthony Naval is the Prefect of Discipline, he was just ordained last October 15,2011 on the feast of St.Teresa of Avila. Rev. Fr. Cristopher Gonzales is the Spiritual Director and Confessor.

S. Maria Julisa Jugadora, RVM serves as the Treasurer and S. Maria Marilou Madronero, RVM is the Prefect of Studies of the Minor Seminary.

Education

Teachers from the Our Lady of Peace School, the cathedral school of the Parish of the Immaculate Conception in the City of Antipolo, come to instruct the seminarians everyday from June to March. The seminarians get the same instruction as to the one in OLPS.

Sr. Ma. Josefina B. Cangayda, RVM† served as the seminary's first principal. Sr. Ma. Marilou Madronero,RVM is the second and current principal of the seminary

Facilities

In order to raise funds for its construction, a number of Fund Raising Activities were held within the diocese. Finally, the first Seminary Buildings were completed and blessed on October 3, 2007. After a year and a half, the second building was completed. The seminary chapel (dedicated under the title of St. John Mary Vianney) was finished recently. It was blessed and inaugurated by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, the Most Rev. Edward Joseph Adams, D.D., last September 4, 2010 in the presence of the Most Rev. Gabriel V. Reyes (Bishop of Antipolo), Most Rev. Francisco M. de Leon (Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo), priests, men & women religious, seminarians and their parents, and lay leaders of the Diocese of Antipolo.

References

  • Diocese of Antipolo Web
  • Religious of the Virgin Mary
  • Diocese of Antipolo

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